1st Edition of Virtual Poetry Circle

First an announcement, bloggers interested in reviewing poetry and interviewing poets, please email me your blog addresses and names so I can put you on my Verse Reviewers page. It will help poets locate blogs interested in reviewing poetry. I’ll be working on this list over the summer.

In the meantime, please grab this button and proudly display it on your blog.

OK, Here’s the first poem up for reactions, interaction, and–dare I say it–analysis:

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

This poem is from Sally Van Doren’s Sex at Noon Taxes; check out my review.


When speech accumulates
and the circumference
of the mindscape is threatened
by a worn valve, it is

time to make a gesture
of incantation, time to
warn the beasts who
wish to annex that

piece of the mind,
that hovering wilts
the pink flower, that
in missing the caveat,

we fortify our theorems,
and sleep through our dreams.

I will join in this discussion as comments come in, but I’m leaving the poem on the table for initial reactions. Have fun and don’t be shy.

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